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Looking after yourself as a carer

Being a carer can have a negative impact on your health and wellbeing. Almost three quarters of carers in the UK reported that their mental health was impacted by their caring role, and more than 60% said that it had made their physical health worse. [1]

Despite this, carers rarely spend time looking after their own health. It is very easy to get caught up in caring for someone else and forget that you need to be cared for too.

But it is vital that you also look after yourself. Remember that you are just as important as the person you are caring for. Plus, the longer you stay fit and healthy, the longer you will be able to care for your friend or relative. It is therefore important for them as well as for you.

We can help

In order to make looking after yourself as easy as possible, we have provided some advice and guidance on ways you can look after your physical health, how you can get a break to recuperate and also support for managing the wide range of difficult emotions that you can feel as a carer.

Online Help and Advice

Visit our online support section where we have provided advice and guidance on a range of relevant topics to help you in your caring role.

Online support
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